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The Crowlin Islands (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Cròlainneach) are a group of uninhabited islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. They lie between Skye and the Applecross peninsula on the mainland.
The individual islands are:
|Scots Gaelic:||Eilean Beag|
|Pronunciation:||[ˈelan ˈpek] (listen)|
|Scots Gaelic:||Eilean Meadhanach|
|Pronunciation:||[ˈelan ˈmia.anəx] (listen)|
|Scots Gaelic:||Eilean Mòr|
|Pronunciation:||[ˈelan ˈmoːɾ] (listen)|
|Scots Gaelic:||Na h-Eileanan Cròlainneach|
|Pronunciation:||[nə ˈhelanən ˈkʰɾɔːl̪ˠɪɲəx] (listen)|
Although cave excavations on Eilean Mòr have shown evidence of human settlement in Mesolithic times 8,000 years ago, the islands have been uninhabited since about 1920. From about 1810 to 1920 Eilean Mòr was home for several families, evicted from Applecross, but unwilling to take passage from Scotland to far-off lands. By agreement with the landowning Mackenzie laird they were allowed to settle on the islands and make what living they could by fishing, pasturing sheep, gathering kelp and farming. The drystone shielings left in 1920 are still on the island, though the valuable roof beams were prudently taken when the families left. There have been no trees on these islands in historic memory, so all timber had needed be imported, at high cost. Descendants of those island families still live in the mainland Applecross village.
Traveling to the island can be an enjoyable experience but keep in mind of the difficult tides. The northern entrance is quite easy to navigate with minimal tides. The southern entrance is much harder to enter or exit due to it drying up from 3 meters to 50 centimeters. Many travelers go canoeing and kayaking through these islands. Some wildlife, like sea otters, can be seen while paddling around the islands.
- "Crowlin Islands". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
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- "Thread: Crowlin Islands". Song of the Paddle. Retrieved 7 March 2018.